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Sick Leave Ordinance
Tue July 29, 2014
Eugene Approves Sick Leave Ordinance
The Eugene City Council has joined Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in approving a mandatory sick leave law. The ordinance passed Monday on a 5 to 3 vote.
The ordinance requires employers to provide workers with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work and up to a maximum of 40 hours a year.
The law will go into effect next July. It applies to all Eugene businesses and nonprofits. Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett co-sponsored the sick leave rule. She says more than half of Eugene's workers do not get paid time off when they're sick and some even face retaliation when they take unpaid time.
"The main point is to provide the thousands of Eugene workers who do not have this kind of protection with this basic workplace protection so that they can stay home and take care of themselves in the event of an illness like the flu or the common cold or if their child is sick or another family member," Syrett said.
Councilors George Poling, Mike Clark and Chris Pryor voted against it. They're concerned the ordinance will hurt businesses.
Lane County commissioners last week passed three ordinances meant to limit or totally block the proposed Eugene city law, setting up a potential legal battle.
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